26. Prevalence of fasciolosis in sheep, cow, buffalos and goats in Tehsil Kabal, Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

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Maaz Ahmad1,, Abdul Wahab, Ali Umar, Rahimuddin, Muhammad Rasool, Muhammad Yasir Arfat


Fasciolosis is a severe trematode parasitic infection in sheep and goats caused by fasciola hepatica. It is classified as a chronic tropical disease and is prevalent in more than 50 nations, specifically where sheep and cattle are reared. This illness is more widespread in northern Pakistan, incurring major financial losses due to a decrease in sheep, cow, buffaloes, and goat production. The study intended to provide a complete overview on the prevalence and epidemiology of fasciolosis in farm animals from tehsil Kabal of Swat region with an aim to draw the attention of authorities to one of the most neglected tropical zoonotic diseases that can lead to human infection and to save economic losses to farm owners. For this purpose, 60, 07, 05, 05 numbers of sheep, goats, cows and buffaloes were examined in which 12, 4, 01, 01 numbers of sheep, goats, cow and buffaloe were found to be positive for fasciolosis respectively. The overall prevalence in sheep, goats, cows and buffaloes was found to be 20, 57.14, 20 and 20 percent respectively.  Fascioliasis has a large impact on the livestock industry. Future research on this deadly disease will save both human and animals as well.

Keywords: Buffaloes; Cows; Goats; Kabal; Prevalence; Pakistan; Sheep


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